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Pandemic Lockdown Closed 30 Percent of Pennsylvania Businesses, Second Most In Nation


December 31, 2020

Gary M. Baranec

Mike Kopco, owner of Fox's Pizza on Allegheny Street, Martinsburg, makes another pie. State government orders regarding restaurants have affected his business, but changing to no indoor dining has not been a major transition for his business since most of his business was takeout even before the pandemic, he said.

Federal data shows pandemic restrictions forced three in 10 businesses statewide to close, at least temporarily, ranking Pennsylvania second only to Michigan in terms of economic lockdown impacts.

Still, the number of businesses that received federal aid in Pennsylvania for complying with these closures didn't even crack the top 20, leaving many employees seeking jobless benefits in a system too crowded to handle the influx of workers – more than 1.2 million in March and April alone – witnessed at the onset of the pandemic.

State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Monongahela, blamed one perso...

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